Bill Bowring

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Yevgeniya Chirikova is the mother of two young children and was, until two years ago, a private businesswoman. She used to enjoy walking in the local Khimki forest, which is near Moscow Sheremetyevo airport and part of the broad protective ring of forest which rings Moscow. Then she noticed red tags on most of the trees and discovered that 1,000 hectares of the forest were to be destroyed.

Angered, she used her home printer to produce leaflets condemning the destruction, including her phone number. She now leads a sizeable group and has attracted media attention, as well as visits from rock stars such as Yuriy Shevchuk, who recently confronted Putin on the question of the suppression of dissent.…  Seguir leyendo »